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The Decision

Posted By: Jim Garvie

The Decision - 11/04/11 11:27 AM

Well, we've finally made our pick and it's Big Blue. I will not say that the decision has been easy nor will I say that we don't have second thoughts, but, in the end we weighed factors such as how they look now compared to each other, how we believe they will look at 2 or 3 years of age, their temperaments both in terms of how solid they are (and all 5 puppies are wonderfully stable) but also how well they handle change and stress and, finally, how well the pup we chose would fit into our household and how well the other puppies would fit into our other buyers' households. In the end, it was Big Blue for us and that decision was only solidified on Wednesday when we were paid a visit by our friend Cindy and her 4-month-old son, Cooper, and his older sister, Kailey.

In this picture, you can see the pure joy of a child with a pile of puppies in her lap.



Later, we watched in amazement as Lt. Blue Girl met her new owner's grandchild, Cooper, for the first time. At first, total curiosity.



And then the baby's first puppy kiss.



Meanwhile, Kailey had picked Big Blue as a playmate and he was more than up to the task smile. And then of course, there was that ponytail.



But, at the end of the day, Kailey demonstrated why Big Blue is our new guy.



We also really love the Red Rascal and finally decided his calm, incredibly sweet demeanor was ideal for our buyer family with two small girls and 2 very chubby male Pugs. Nothing ruffles Mr. Red. He'll make a great pet and, if he turns out, will make a great show dog for one of the little girls in Jr. Showmanship. Regardless, he'll be living 10 minutes from us here in Orlando and I foresee lots of play dates for the boys.

The Plumster is heading to another wonderful home in KY where he'll show if he's worthy but will be this family's only dog and will have acres to roam. This particular family owned one of our puppies from Annie's first litter and that puppy became a champion and mothered 2 outstanding litters.

The girls are going to the best homes ever: Pinkie is going to VA to live with a woman who owns a girl from Annie's second litter who is now 10 years old, has earned 41 working titles and is still active in Herding. Pinkie will be living on a horse farm. Lt. Blue will be called CocoBear and she's going to a home in our old neighborhood to a family that owned an Annie daughter and currently own a Rowdy son. We expect to see a lot of her since we usually take care of the kids when these owners travel. And, of course, she'll get to grow up with Cooper.

So, the decision is finally made. We think grin. Actually, the girls go to their new homes today and Red Rascal will be going to his new home on Sunday. We are just now trying to figure out how to get the Plumster to KY in the next week or so. Hope you enjoyed our journey. But don't think Big Blue will stop being the subject of my camera. Nope. He has to learn to be my next best model. Just like his granddad. And, yes, we're thinking of calling him RJ -- for Rowdy Jr.

Jim
Posted By: DonParrot

Re: The Decision - 11/04/11 12:05 PM

Ohhhh - I'll miss the Plumster.
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/04/11 02:19 PM

Me too, Don frown.

Jim
Posted By: Marie Mitchell Photography

Re: The Decision - 11/04/11 04:42 PM

Congrats on your decision! Even though you posted a very detailed post, sometimes there are things that tip the scale that we just cannot put into words, when deciding which baby to keep.
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/04/11 05:37 PM

Marie,
I'm a great believer in whatever is meant to be will be. If he's meant to be a wonderful show dog and a great producer, then so be it. But if "all" he's meant to be is a wonderful companion, a good worker and an excellent ambassador of this breed, then we'll be truly delighted. Healthy & happy. That's the primary objective. All the other stuff can't happen unless that happens.

Jim
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: The Decision - 11/04/11 07:08 PM

Hey Jim,

This was just wonderful...and the photos with the children say it all.

James
Posted By: FretlessD

Re: The Decision - 11/07/11 11:08 AM

Jim,

I've enjoyed the pictorial journey you've shared with us. I'll miss the Plumster, too. It's been a joy just watching them grow.

Doug
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/07/11 10:16 PM

Doug,
The Plumster is still here!! We're trying to work out the logistics of getting him up to his new home in KY. Hate flying puppies so we're hoping to come up with a reasonable alternative. Meanwhile, we have the two juvenile delinquents -- Plummy and Big Blue -- and they now have the pleasure of having to walk outside on their own because they are now too heavy for carrying. Well, for me anyway smile. So, they have to reconnoiter the big step up from the LR to the DR, then 2 steps down onto the back porch, then out the door to FREEDOM!! After that, Linda and I have to round them up and try to put them in the pen which they, of course, are much too mature to be in smile. Plummy is definitely the more confident of the two. He just follows me wherever I go and if I ask him to go up or down a stair, he does it. No problem.

Big Blue is a little more leery. He's willing to follow but just as often, he goes off on his own explorations. And he needs to be convinced about those stairs. But, while Plummy clings a bit, Big Blue is perfectly happy to walk out into the yard and find some adventure. They are adorable together and equally cute individually. Do we have second thoughts? Yup. But whether it's curbing Big Blue's independence or getting The Plumster to curb his enthusiasm a bit, each puppy will take some individual training and specific bond-building without the comfort of the rest of the litter.

Reports from the new owners are very positive and everyone seems very happy with their new additions. Which is, after all, the objective of breeding. Finding wonderful families that can enjoy these 20 lb. piles of puppy and help them grow into the types of dogs we need more of in our breed. At this moment, I have no doubt these kids will be great dogs. And our responsibility is to make sure not only of our own but of each of the puppies as they grow up and their families need advice and counsel.

So, stay tuned for a few more Plummy/Big Blue photos.

Jim
Posted By: FretlessD

Re: The Decision - 11/07/11 10:30 PM

Jim,
Thanks for the update. Lookin' forward to reports of their shenanigans. (Who uses that word anymore. God help me!)

Doug
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/09/11 12:50 AM

Doug,
"Shenanigans"? How old are you? smile smile

More stuff to come. The two boys still here -- Plummy and Big Blue -- are now learning all the things they should be learning if both were in their new homes (and Blue IS). Today, it was collar and leash walking. Plummy was wonderful. Blue was a total PIA. Remind me again of why we picked Big Blue. The major difference is that Plummy wants to please us and Big Blue could care less. He's off to see the world and would prefer it if we didn't do anything to hold him back. We love them both but they are very different both physically and in terms of attitude. Both are very sweet and very loving so it's not a temperament thing. It's a matter of what they need. Plummy needs us and Big Blue needs more space to find himself smile. They are so unbelievably cute! Looks like I'm going to have to sell myself to Big Blue. Plummy is going to KY as soon as we figure out how to get him there.

Jim
Posted By: StarrLight

Re: The Decision - 11/14/11 05:24 AM

Great/fun/joyful photos!
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/16/11 06:20 PM

I'm reluctant to write this but . . . we've changed our minds. We're keeping Plummy. These past few weeks have allowed us to see these guys for far longer than is usual with litters and to see how they handle things most puppies don't have to deal during those first 8 weeks. Let me state that we love Big Blue every bit as much as when he was just a few days old. And, we are convinced that physically, he's the better of the two puppies. How each of them turn out as adults is anybody's guess but, at the moment, Big Blue has a better topline, a lovely neck-into-shoulder, better front, and is truly the more athletic of the two.

For Plummy's physical positives: he has more substance/bone, has a pretty nice topline himself and an excellent rear. Negatives: plummy has a slight break in his topline behind the whithers, a slightly lighter eye and he's a bit wide in front at the moment. Of course, he's a bit wide all over at the moment so I'm not sure that's a huge issue long term smile.

But what ultimately swayed us was how the boys matched up with their grandpa Rowdy in what is the most important area: which one would make the better Therapy Dog both now and as an adult. And, while they are really wonderful puppies, Plummy has a certain something that makes him more approachable, more lovable and he's more confident facing new situations, loud noises and changes in his environment. We answered the question when we discussed which of the puppies we'd be more comfortable taking to the AKC/Eukanuba Meet The Breeds exhibit that is associated with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship here in Orlando next month. Linda has designed the American Rottweiler Club's booth for that show and we'll be manning it (and bringing the representatives of the breed we feel people should meet). One of those representatives will be a puppy. And we concluded that Plummy is the one that would probably handle all that hubbub best.

Having a lovely show dog is nice. But it isn't the reason we breed. Creating good Rottweilers is why we breed and when we think back about Rowdy's "careers", the things that made us most proud were not his accomplishments in the ring. They were the things he accomplished in his Therapy work. We think Plummy is the best puppy to carry on that tradition and, to us, that is the most important factor. Big Blue will get an absolutely wonderful home with kids, other dogs, horses and lots of land to roam. Plummy will be stuck here with us so I'm not sure we've actually done him any favors. But we will give him the type of special life a special boy deserves. Given his rather precarious start to life, we think this is why he was allowed to survive.

I apologize for the lack of photos recently. After two Herding Trials two weeks ago, I sent off my cameras for cleaning and then sold them to make room -- and money -- for my latest acquisition: a Canon 7D due to arrive before the weekend. So, while Blue is headed up to Atlanta with Linda to meet his new family, I'll be getting Red Boy back for 10 days and he & Plummy will be getting lots of play time. So, stay tuned.

Jim
Posted By: DonParrot

Re: The Decision - 11/16/11 06:53 PM

Come on Jim, all this sounds far to rational. Admit it: you're hooked and just can't let him go. *lol*
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/16/11 07:55 PM

No, Don, really -- this has been truly evaluated from every angle grin. We're hooked on both of them. If we were being totally rational, it would be Blue. But I've gotten more than a little fed up with what's going on in AKC Conformation -- especially in the Rottie ring. I have to admit a piece of it is that I am in a position to know too much. But, regardless, the focus on having a show dog is less important to us these days than it might have been in the past. Yes, we'd like him to be healthy and gorgeous. If he gets a chance to win his CH, fine. But there are far more important things for him to do in terms of what will make him happy, what will make us happy and what might make other people happy. And those things really are important. Far more important than a CH in front of his name.

BTW, the theme of this litter is Great Foods Of The World and we're thinking of naming him Annihaus RJM Baba Au Rum and calling him Rummy wink.

Jim
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 11/20/11 07:02 PM

One postscript to our choice: Linda brought Big Blue up to Atlanta to meet his new family on Saturday. We knew the adults in the family but had never met their 5-year old son, Cooper. Well, the report is that Cooper and Blue fell in love with each other the moment they met. I'm not surprised given how Blue behaved with all the children that visited the litter but he now has his own kid. Something he would not have had if we had kept him ourselves. Some things are just meant to be smile.

Jim
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 01/04/12 11:12 PM

Well, the cobbler has been unable to produce any shoes for the family recently. Just too busy with the Eukanuba, the Holidays, and just getting everything settled in the household. But, today, I actually took a few shots of The Great Scampisi in the yard prior to taking him to the park for a walk and some socialization. He walked on a short lead with me, did some obedience exercises (very well), let me stack him and move him as in Conformation (excellent) and then went over to the playground and met a bunch of kids and their moms. He loved the trip; the people loved him. He was a really good puppy! So, here at 17 weeks of age, 51 lbs. and tall enough to drink from the big dogs' water dish is Scampy.



Enjoy. I promise to do better as he continues to grow up (we hope) smile.

Jim
Posted By: FretlessD

Re: The Decision - 01/05/12 06:16 AM

Good lookin' boy, Jim.
Posted By: Julie

Re: The Decision - 01/06/12 01:54 PM

He is very pretty. Did you keep two from your litter?
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: The Decision - 01/06/12 04:05 PM

Good Lord, NO grin. He's more than enough. No, we've had a couple of the puppies back with us over the past couple of months when their families had vacation or other travel plans. Also, Red Boy, Ram-Z, lives about 8 minutes from here so we tend to see him a lot. But I assure you that Scamp is more than enough for any home.

More pics when I get more time. We're working on stacking now and when I move him, he's decided that he really loves to trot out in front of me at the end of the leash smile. Some things you teach and some seem to come down on the genetic code from prior generations. Remember, Rowdy is his granddaddy.

Jim
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